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Economy & Jobs 20-04-2021

Commissioner Gabriel: New EU budget will support cultural and creative sector

Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, talks about the importance of innovation in the cultural sector, the role that the European Institute of Innovation and Technology can play in those efforts, and the general state of digital skills in today's Europe.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2021

Artificial intelligence: Commission must think small first

The European Commission will this week present its proposal on Artificial Intelligence (AI), seen as a step toward a new regulatory framework, promised by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union, writes Marie-Françoise Gondard-Argenti.
Circular materials 24-03-2021

Recover today, lead for 2030: A future-fit industrial strategy for Europe

The current political debate on industrial policy lacks an honest acknowledgement of how much is already decided – from EU recovery budgets to the 2030 climate targets, write Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Janez Potočnik. Sandrine Dixson-Declève is the president of The...

A new, climate-innovation led industrial strategy for Europe

Europe is an undisputed global leader in clean technologies like offshore wind. But to ensure European companies and workers can compete in a global economy that will be increasingly fuelled by climate innovations, much more needs to be done, argue Peter Sweatman and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Cohesion Commissioner tells Bulgaria to make good use of EU’s unprecedented funding

The opportunities that the EU’s new long-term budget and the Recovery and Resilience Fund, totaling €1.8 trillion, offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the EU and Bulgaria, Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms told a mostly Bulgarian audience.
The EU continues to lag behind in terms of investment into key technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing when compared to players from the US and China, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned.
Digital & Media 05-02-2021

EU ‘punching well below its weight’ in digital technologies, von der Leyen warns

The EU continues to lag behind China and the US when it comes to investments into key technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned.
The EU's Internal Market Chief Thierry Breton has given a clear indication that online platform giants can no longer be defined merely as 'hosts' as part of the bloc's attempts to regulate the digital economy.
Economy & Jobs 15-01-2021

Commission to propose KPIs to measure ‘real’ progress in industrial strategy

The European Commission is working on a series of key performance indicators (KPI) to include in the update of its industrial strategy expected for March, to measure the transformation of European industry and its resilience in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Transport 05-01-2021

PSA and Fiat Chrysler close in on mega-merger

Shareholders gave their blessing on Monday (4 January) to a merger of carmakers PSA and Fiat Chrysler that catapults the new company "Stellantis" into fourth place globally, as the auto industry races to make the transition to cleaner cars.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

EU reshapes its vision for SMEs amid emerging threats

Policymakers have started re-thinking the EU strategy for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that the European Commission unveiled only a few days before the start of the first lockdown all over Europe.

Why Europe must reskill workers to reach its climate goals

The large-scale social and economic shifts caused by the clean energy transition should be managed with care, write Magnus Tyreman and Hauke Engel. A broad training effort would enable Europe to create a labour force that will thrive during the pursuit of the net-zero emissions target, they argue.
Economy & Jobs 02-12-2020

Surviving the pandemic: Lessons from Germany’s mid-sized enterprises

In Germany's industrial heartland, engineering firms have come up with a recipe for surviving the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Commission has decided against imposing geographical restrictions on the establishment of so-called 'data sharing services,' as part of ambitious new plans laid out in the executive's landmark Data Governance Act.
Digital & Media 26-11-2020

New EU data brokers won’t have to be European, Commission says

The European Commission has decided against imposing geographical restrictions on the establishment of so-called 'data sharing services,' as part of ambitious new plans laid out in the executive's landmark Data Governance Act.
Economy & Jobs 24-11-2020

Unified Patent Court: Poison pill for future of EU integration

The Unified Patent Court will fall largely out of EU control. The EU risks becoming a mere registration office of what the member states will have decided on their own, write four authors representing the CRIDES research centre.

‘Competitive sustainability’: time to realise the EU’s new approach

With international competition rapidly increasing, the EU would be complacent to assume its position on green technologies is uniformly strong or leading, write Martin Porter and Annika Hedberg.
Economy & Jobs 04-11-2020

The transatlantic bond: How can a close German-U.S. relationship play a pioneering role for the Euro

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced the EU to radically revise its strategy – both internally and in the global arena. Similarly, Germany’s priorities for its EU Council Presidency have also changed. Although the main priority is overcoming...
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2020

Science and Innovation as the way out of the crisis

The only plausible exit strategy for our current global challenges is science and innovation. We need EU funding for science and innovation more than ever… yet the Council wants to cut Horizon Europe, warn Pascal Lamy and Carlos Moedas.
Energy 24-09-2020

World solar technology summit: A blueprint for the energy intensive sector?

The world solar technology summit, which took place in India earlier this month, could in many ways be a model for the decarbonisation of the energy-intensive sector, which includes industries such as steel, cement, chemicals, non-ferrous metals and glass, writes Gauri Khandekar.

EU considers allowing more state aid to boost green projects

European Union governments may be allowed to grant more state aid to projects that help the bloc achieve its climate goals, Europe’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (22 September), calling such an incentive a “green bonus”.
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Economy & Jobs 22-09-2020

Entrepreneurship to reinvent yourself

The situation caused by the coronavirus in Spain has especially affected NEETs, as the sectors in which these young people normally find their first job opportunity have visibly reduced their activity.

Spend it well – the EU’s €1.8 trillion problem

Europe has to rethink how it allocates resources to reach its climate targets, says Kirsten Dunlop. We need to change the way we do innovation, she argues.
Cities & regions 09-09-2020

Valencia mayor: We are ready to become testing ground for innovation in Europe

Valencia is one of the dozen finalists in the race to become the 2020 European Capital of Innovation. In an interview with EURACTIV, its mayor, Joan Ribó, defended their mission-oriented proposal to overcome the biggest challenges of our period, bringing on board political parties, the civil society and the scientific community.
Energy 08-09-2020

How to realise our hydrogen economy (instead of dreaming about it)

Considering the limited amount of green hydrogen available, the European Commission should prioritise its use in sectors that cannot decarbonise through other means like electrification, write Miriam Dalli and Mohammed Chahim.

EU raw materials push aims to underpin Green Deal, digital ambitions

Increasing the EU’s domestic supply of critical raw materials and cutting external dependencies got top billing in a new European Commission strategy on Thursday (3 September), as the bloc started to get serious about its Green Deal and digital agenda.

Europe is ‘closing the gap’ on battery manufacturing, Northvolt says

Swedish battery maker Northvolt says Europe is catching up with Asian rivals in the manufacturing of car batteries but warns that more efforts are needed to build a complete supply chain “ecosystem” in the EU.